9/11 Responders Learning Details Of Zadroga Act

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Responders, volunteers and downtown residents met with officials on Saturday morning to learn for the first time how the James Zadroga Act will help them deal with illnesses from the toxic dust released on 9/11.

“I’ve been diagnosed with something called pulmonary hypertension,” retired NYPD Sgt. Anita Ryan said. “Right now I’m hoping that the Zadroga Act could pay for my medication, which is very expensive.”

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She, and many others, contracted an illness from dealing with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks and attended the WTC Health & Education Conference to learn how the Act works to their benefit.

Sen. Robert Menendez said the ill will be cared for and the healthy will be watched closely.

“And that monitoring is incredibly important because what we’re doing is tracking the development of diseases as a result of the toxins that were emitted that day,” he said.

It was an uphill battle passing the Zadroga act. Now the next challenge is determining who is sick from the trade center and how to treat them.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said they still have many more illnesses to learn about as time goes on.

“The science tells us that the illnesses that we’re seeing aren’t the only ones,” he said. “We’re gonna start seeing cancers.”

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  1. mary whalen says:

    What timing. I recently read they were all dead, if a few are still grasping for each breath it will be cheap tp hel[ a few at death’s door. Then they can brag about all the help they gave ignoring the fact that they ignored these peoples cries of pain for a decade.

  2. JOE says:

    All well and good, but MY TAX MONEY should not go to help them, get it form the terrorist countries, or the owner of the buildings, when i need help the city says drop dead to me. Just keep paying your taxes is what they tell me.

    1. Rob says:

      By your logic, responders shouldn’t have gone to help YOU, or this country. And while the responders are asking for help, they literally ARE dropping dead.
      By the way, I’m a responder, and I also pay taxes.

      Thanks for your gratitude, Joe.

      Your welcome.

  3. BARBARA says:

    DITTO. I REMEMEBER THE THEN HEAD OF THE EPA CHRISTY WHITMAN
    AND MRS. BILL CLINTON WALKING AROUND SAYING OH THE AIR’S ALRIGHT.
    ARE YOU KIDDING I LIVE IN LOS ANGELES AND I COULD SEE ON MY TV THAT THE AIR WAS FAR FROM ALRIGHT.

  4. Murphy says:

    It is about fricken time that these people who helped got some support, it is very long over do!!!

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